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The Continuing Chronicles of the FNG(irl): Throwing Ladders

I ambled into drill tonight fully expecting yet another evening of videotapes or chalk and talk.

Noticing that the projector and a/v system wasn't set up, I inquired "What are we doing tonight?"...

The 1st Asst. Chief grinned at me...."Hope you're feeling limber, we're playing with ladders and hoses tonight"


Here's the gig....I have what I like to call a "situational" fear of heights. There are certain circumstances that inspire that ooogy… Continue

Added by Mary Ellen Shea on March 17, 2008 at 4:01pm — 24 Comments

South Carolina House Rigged To Explode - Size Up Considerations

In the category of "If this job isn't dangerous enough", add the following to your list of early size up concerns: Houses set up to explode

Real estate agents were shocked to find a home for sale in Anderson, SC loaded with natural gas. Turns out the oven in the home was manipulated to cause a major gas leak. On top of the electric oven sat a burnt rag that didn't totally take.

The real estate agents called 911, and with that fire investigators arrived on scene to find a… Continue

Added by Firefighter Spot on March 14, 2008 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Firefighter Challenge training. I'm too old for this s**t!

Allright, this being my first blog, I'll try to stay on task. I started strength training about three weeks ago for a Firefighters Challenge coming up at Cody Fire School in May. It will resemble a CPAT test and a few of the same challenges at the National Challenge (not as long of a course). I am turning 40 in June but dont feel it. I am in pretty good shape (so I thought) and am just trying to finish as close to the top 10 as I can. Chances are good because they appear to only have 8 or 9… Continue

Added by Doug Fisher on March 13, 2008 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

'The Fire Came Down on Us'

"It seemed like a routine house fire in the early evening .... the fire began in the first floor living room and burned slowly at first but with enough intensity to burn through the ceiling into the second floor. When we arrived on scene there was heavy dark smoke issuing from the chimney and all windows in the front were heavily darkened from smoke. There were just five of us on one engine.

We managed to get in quick and pull an unconscious woman out from the first floor before… Continue

Added by EuroFirefighter on March 8, 2008 at 7:24pm — 1 Comment

Pledges, Promsies and P**sing In The Wind!

I'll begin by stating quite clearly that here in Oz, it has been a national law since the early 70's for every person (Including emergency responders) to wear a seat belt, so I'm at a loss to understand the mentality of some.....

Having said that, here's my random rant for the day!

What are we coming to?

Today a little switch in the back of mind flicked into the on position, or was that the p**sed off position?

What have we come to? We need to… Continue

Added by lutan1 on March 8, 2008 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Two North Carolina Firefighters Killed Battling Five-Alarm Mill Blaze

Updated 7pm ET -- Two firefighters have died and four others were injured after battling a five-alarm fire at a lumber yard in Rowan County, North Carolina.

According to a Rowan Regional Medical Center official, one firefighter died on the way to the hospital, the second died after arrival. Two other firefighters are being treated at Rowan Regional. The extent…


Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on March 7, 2008 at 1:30pm — 59 Comments

The Continuing Chronicles of the FNG(irl): My First Night Call

I'm not a morning person. I never have been, I never will be. I like to roam with the creatures of the night.

Fact of the matter is that I do my best thinking,writing, meditating and brainstorming in the very wee hours of the morning. Unfortunately for me (or for my coworkers depending on your perspective) my nocturnal habits don't mesh so well with my work schedule.

In order to arrive at my desk on time ( I use airline schedules when I state that I was "on time"--that… Continue

Added by Mary Ellen Shea on March 6, 2008 at 3:18pm — 20 Comments

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